Emergence of a Two-Party System 1789-1808 Essay

1397 Words Jan 15th, 2013 6 Pages
Matthew Kirkpatrick
Br. Herb
AP American History Period 4
Emergence of a Two-Party System 1789-1808 A two-party system is a political system in which the electorate gives its majority of votes to only two major parties and in which one or the other party can win a majority in the legislature. An example of a two-party system is the United States of America, which has the Republicans and the Democrats. For the candidacy to be president, the person must have a majority of the party supporting him or her. An advantage to having a two-party system is that it provides stability in the government so that not only one party wins the vote to govern the nation all the time. Two-party systems controls campaigning against each other so
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With the treaty the United States made with France after the American Revolution, it stated that they must help each other in any conflicts. The British and the French began to fight a few years after the American Revolution. The argument was that if the United States should help France or not. Hamilton and the Federalists fought for the idea not to help the French so that the trading relations with England would not be damaged because the trades were helping the economy. Jefferson and the Democratic Republicans wanted to help the French because they wanted to remain loyal to France because they helped the Americans gain their independence. George Washington decided to issue the Proclamation of Neutrality. This proclamation made the United States neutral during this conflict. While the federalists were pleased with this, the Democratic Republicans were mad at the proclamation and the president not discussing his intentions in congress. After this proclamation, Citizen Edmond Genêt, a French representative to the United States, after talking to the Democratic Republicans, began to form armies to overtake Spanish Florida, Louisiana, and British Canada, in support of the Franco-American Alliance. Genêt was then withdrawn from the country from the demand of George Washington. The two parties were angry at each other while the British fought the French. Britain ignored the Proclamation of Neutrality and thought that America was allied

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